The Illinois man who accused Nancy Pelosi of violating federal anti-robocall laws is currently in possession of $7,500.
In a 13-page lawsuit filed in the autumn of 2022, Jorge Rojas of Bolingbrook, Illinois charged former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her campaign with violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.
In addition to restricting robocalling, this law prohibits telemarketers from contacting individuals who have registered with the Do Not Call Registry.
“As the Supreme Court has explained, Americans passionately disagree about many things,” reads Rojas’s complaint. “But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls.”
“According to the suit, Rojas received 21 texts from Pelosi’s campaign from November 2021 to July 2022 despite previously placing himself on the registry in 2008 to “obtain solitude from invasive and harassing telemarketing calls,” Business Insider reported.
He went on to argue that he “experienced frustration, annoyance, irritation, and a sense that his privacy has been invaded” by the texts.
Rojas sought at least $31,500 in damages from Pelosi’s campaign, including $1,500 for each text he received, arguing that the texts comprised “malicious, intentional, willful, reckless, wanton and negligent disregard” for his rights.
However, on February 22, months later, Rojas moved to discharge the suit against Pelosi.
And according to federal campaign finance documents made public on Friday, Rojas was fired after receiving a “Settlement” payment of $7,500 from Pelosi’s congressional campaign.
In recent years, fundraising texts sent in Pelosi’s name have attained a certain level of notoriety — and notoriety.
“Why won’t Nancy Pelosi stop emailing me?” was the title of a recent Los Angeles Times column that expressed displeasure with increasingly aggressive campaign solicitations in general.
Less than an hour after the repealing of Roe V. Wade Nancy Pelosi uses it to ask for more donations. (2022) pic.twitter.com/0ZcytQq0VS
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In his lawsuit, Rojas reproduced the content of some of the fundraising emails he had received, including those that were directed at senators. The retirements of Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Richard Shelby of Alabama.
In February, Abigail Spanberger, a Virginia Democrat, joined “Texas Republican Representative Chip Roy in pushing legislation that takes direct aim against former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi.”
At the conclusion of the then-Speaker’s tenure, the two found themselves in the crosshairs of her own party due to “convenient” moves she made for herself while holding the position of Speaker.
Towards the end of her tenure as House speaker, the Pelosis’ stock trades became a significant point of contention due to the fact that they were executed promptly and either resulted in profits for the couple or prevented losses, leading to allegations that they engaged in insider trading.
Even Democrats reacted angrily, prompting Spanberger and Roy to prohibit members of Congress from trading securities as part of their official duties.
“At the heart of the issue: Senators and representatives regularly get classified briefings about subjects that impact the markets and they’re able to use that information, which the rest of the public doesn’t have, to buy, sell, trade, and profit. Spanberger and Republican Rep. Chip Roy, of Texas, a co-sponsor of the bill, both said it’s fundamentally unfair and should be criminalized,” News Nation reported. “The legislation would require members of Congress, their spouses, and their dependent children to put certain investment assets into a qualified blind trust while the member is in office.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
As part of his explosive statement, the Democrat lawmaker said: “We are long overdue for a vote on legislation to ban Members of Congress and their spouses from trading individual stocks. Last Congress, we saw the TRUST in Congress Act receives the most bipartisan support of any effort to do so. We saw tremendous momentum, we saw growing support in our districts, and we saw growing recognition across the political spectrum that such reform needs to be made now. I’ve been proud to lead the charge on this issue, and I want to thank my colleague Congressman Roy for his continued partnership as we reduce potential conflicts of interest in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Our TRUST in Congress Act would demonstrate that lawmakers are focused on serving the interests of the American people — not their own stock portfolios.” CONTINUE READING…